This series introduces you to the new people in the UON community and shares the knowledge and expertise of these leading commentators and thinkers.

New Professors Talk

The University of Newcastle is proud to present its new professors through a dynamic public lecture series, 'New Professors Talk'. This series introduces you to the new people in our community and shares the knowledge and expertise of these leading commentators and thinkers.

Join Professor Catharine Coleborne on Wednesday 27 July 2016 at the Newcastle Museum as she presents:

Why talk about madness?

Professor Catharine Colborne

In the past, institutionalised people have been the subjects of clinical case notes, rarely able to challenge what was said about their illness or their behaviour. Without the words of the sick, how can we narrate the past of mental illness and the institutions that confined it?

‘Madness’ has been reclaimed by activists and historians. This talk argues that fresh inquiry into the subjects of medical treatment – the mad themselves – has an impact on our present understanding of mental health.

Professor Catharine Coleborne’s research into the histories of mental health, families, illness, colonial worlds and medical institutions, as well as in law and history, has attracted world-wide attention. After 16 years at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, she has returned to Australia as UON’s Head of School, Humanities and Social Science.

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